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“What’s so great about The Trolley Problem is that there is no right answer”*…

Long time readers will know of your correspondent’s fascination with the Trolley Problem (a thought experiment in ethics and psychology introduced in 1967 by Philippa Foot)– see here and especially here.

Should you pull the lever and sacrifice one person to save five?

Today, another variation…

From @ShitpostGate via @RogersBacon1.

* Chidi, The Good Place


As we ponder the imponderable, we might send over confident birthday greetings to Hastings Rashdall; he was born on this date in 1858. A philosopher, theologian, historian, and Anglican priest, he was a proponent of  ideal utilitarianism— and so would likely have had a quick and confident answer to the problem.


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June 24, 2023 at 1:00 am

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